Five ways to get the most out of the Christmas spending rush

10:02PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It’s already October, which means it’s time to start preparing for the festive season. Here are five things you should do to bring your business some extra Christmas cheer. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Planning  | Business planning  | Sales and marketing  | Sales

Flying carpet a sky-high idea

10:26PM | Friday, 14 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

A battery-powered magic carpet has had lift-off in the United States, suggesting magic carpet rides could soon become a reality.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Student entrepreneurs handed $20,000 Big Break

10:00AM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Two Queensland University of Technology students are looking to shake up the social entrepreneurship space after winning the $20,000 top prize at the annual Big Break Project, organised by accountancy body CPA.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Grout Pro saved after liquidation as 11 franchisees sign on

10:43PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The new owners of the Grout Pro Australia business have signed contracts with 11 existing franchisees after taking over the business in June 2012 following its liquidation.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee

Is group buying turning into a graveyard for start-ups?

10:25PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian group buying industry is displaying all the symptoms of an unsustainable bubble. So is the industry just an empty “fad” or simply experiencing growing pains? BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | How I did it

Gold Coast incubator Silicon Lakes aiming to make a splash among start-ups

10:00AM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A new incubator for tech start-ups, dubbed Silicon Lakes, is launching on the Gold Coast, with a pitch competition for app developers acting as the curtain raiser to the scheme.

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Pasta-making video game a novel X-perience

10:11PM | Tuesday, 4 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Computer scientists in Bologna have developed a game that teaches players how to make tortellini using motion-sensing software and a webcam.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Death threats and tyre slashings: Delivery wars escalate as WantItNow launches

10:01PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Companies in the the transport industry are scrambling to stake their claim in the internet shopping delivery bonanza.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Workspace

Hotels take a robotic approach to “sleep art”

10:00PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Hotel chain Ibis is installing “robotic artists” in its rooms, which create unique one-of-a-kind paintings based on sleep patterns.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Sparking up a smoking hot start-up idea

10:57PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Queensland entrepreneur Jason Healy launched electronic cigarette maker blu eCigs in 2009, later selling it for $US135 million. Here’s how a true-blue Healey rounded up a fortune in Charlotte, North Carolina. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Buy a business  | Sell a business  | How I did it

Climate Friendly takes out top prize at Sydney Business Awards

10:29PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Climate Friendly, a business that helps households and companies reduce their contribution to climate change, has been named the City of Sydney Business of the Year 2012.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Entrepreneurs say now is the time to open a new business

10:02PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Cara Waters

There's optimism among the ranks of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs about the business environment.

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Five key steps to start exporting overseas

10:42PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Let’s face it, Australia is a tiny part of the world economy. If you’re ready to go global, here are five key steps to rapidly getting your export operation off the ground. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Leadership

Remote-controlled robot helps disabled policemen fight crime

10:15PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In recent years, there have been huge advances in telerobotics. Now it’s set to help disabled police officers and army veterans stay in their jobs.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Queensland start-up Vaxxas heads to US after biotech giant deal

10:00AM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Queensland start-up Vaxxas is relocating to Massachusetts after striking a major new deal with biotech giant Merck, one of the largest vaccine firms in the world.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Split pie pan takes the pain out of decision-making

10:08PM | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Imagine you want to bake a pie, but you can’t decide if you feel like steak or blackberries as a filling. With a new invention, you can bake a pie that’s half-half.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

New investment fund, network set to boost sports start-ups

10:00AM | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Innovators in the sports technology sector are being tipped to receive long-overdue commercialisation opportunities following the launch of an industry body and an upcoming multi-million dollar investment fund.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Business confidence improves but conditions still poor: NAB survey

10:31PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The NAB Monthly Business Survey indicates business confidence is still very patchy.

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Self-adjustable glasses have a clear direction

10:03PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Distributing glasses in the developing world has historically been hampered by a lack of optometrists. A new invention might be able to overcome that challenge.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

The revamped R&D tax break: What your start-up needs to know

10:28PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Mahesh Sharma

If your start-up is developing a new invention, the Federal Government's R&D Tax Incentive can return up to 45 cents for every dollar spent on it. Here are some facts to be aware of before you apply. BY MAHESH SHARMA.

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